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A-Day boost for autumn jobs market

The autumn jobs market may be unexpectedly buoyant following a very quiet sum- mer in the run-up to A-day, according to recruitment consultants.

Consultants are seeing dem-and from schemes, investment managers and IFAs, with much of this due to A-Day but in the context of renewed market confidence across the board.

IPS Financial Services director Andrew Gartside says: “We are busy and that is partly a direct result of the work of schemes and advisers for A-Day. “There is a lot of work around pensions. Certainly, levels are up on this time last year.”

Search Consultancy says that in the last few days it has seen an almost tenfold increase in vacancies and it believes this points to a very busy final quarter of the year.

The company says it is seeing increased demand for broker consultants, sales support and paraplanners which it specialises in, partly in the run-up to A-Day.

But Search divisional manager for London and the South Andrew Stark says the mort-gage side of the business is also holding up despite mortgage regulation.

He says: “Interestingly, the FSA regulations have not made a difference. The mortgage market is holding up well. I am amazed at how positive the financial services market is looking.”

Stark says the only problem is that demand for paraplanners is outstripping supply, particularly as employers expect them to be better qualified, including some AFPC qualifications, and to increasingly take a sales role which some may not want to do.


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